XOLO Q1010i review – upgraded Q1010 should you buy this instead?

XOLO Q1010i is upgraded Q1010, and there are very few differences. The Q1010i is powered by the same 1.3GHz Quad Core processor with non-removable battery of 2250 mAh capacity. This handset is slightly costlier than its predecessor.

Box Pack
Contents: Handset, a free flip cover, OTG cable, data cable, travel charger, warranty info, user guide and earphone.

Design and Display
It is an exact replica of the XOLO Q1010. Handset gives a good grip and is comfortable to hold. Weight with battery is 156 grams and thickness is 8.21mm. The back cover is thin and flexible it is made of plastic, its black color with matte finish The sides are greyish black with metallic finish.

Micro USB port is placed on the bottom side, volume rockers on the left, power button on the right and 3.5mm audio jack on the top. There are dual microphones for noise cancellation. The battery comes built in, non-removable and there are dual SIM slots (2x micro SIM) plus a microSD card slot.

XOLO Q1010i box pack

The screen size is the same 5 inches with OGS IPS display supporting resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The screen comes with Asahi Scratch Resistant Glass (dragontrail). Viewing angles are good and touch, smooth and responsive.

XOLO Q1010i unboxing and review

Memory, Storage and OS
The XOLO Q1010i comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. The micro SD card slot supports 32GB cards. Of the 1GB RAM 699MB is available on the first boot and of the 8GB storage 4.39 is the space allocated for Phone Storage, 1.6GB for System and 1.8GB as space for apps. OTG is supported and you can install apps on external storage.

The handset runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. On the box pack it is mentioned that the Q1010i will get the Android 4.4 KitKat update.

Performance and Benchmark
It is using the same hardware as used on the XOLO Q1010. It is 1.3GHz quad core MT6582 cortex A7 coupled with Mali 400 MP GPU clocked at 500MHz.

XOLO Q1010i review

Benchmark scores

XOLO Q1010i XOLO Q1010
Quadrant 5795 5852
Antutu 16966 17115
Vellamo HTML5 (1966) Metal (572) HTML5 (1957) Metal (537)
Nenamark 2 54.9fps 55.4fps
Multi Touch 5 point 5 point

 

Entertainment and Gaming
Full HD videos played well using MX player in both hardware and software modes. MC4 and Asphalt 8 games got installed on the external storage. The game play was smooth – Asphalt 8 in high visual quality mode. The hardware can play many high end games.

Camera
The Q1010i comes with 8MP rear AF camera with SONY Exmor R Sensor. I have attached some images at the end of the review, if you compare this with Q1010 you will find that in most of the cases the Q1010i output is slightly better, though it’s not that outstanding but better than as shot using the Q1010. Front camera is 2MP, quality is okay.

XOLO Q1010i 8MP camera

Others
There is 3G, built in GPS with EPO / A-GPS support, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, all of these worked without any issues. Loudspeaker / in call speaker sound is loud and clear.

Battery
There is a non-removable battery of 2250 mAh capacity. I used the handset for 28 minutes the battery dropped by 8% and temp was 40 degrees.

XOLO Q1010i 2250 mAh battery

Verdict
Even though the 8MP camera with Exmor R sensor doesn’t really impress, but the XOLO Q1010i is still a better option for the following reasons.

  • It comes with 8GB internal storage as compared to 4GB on Q1010.
  • The 8MP camera is with Exmor R sensor.
  • The handset is upgradable to Android 4.4 (XOLO has clearly mentioned that on the box pack).

Hence it makes sense to go in for the Q1010i, however the XOLO Q1100 is still a better option.

XOLO Q1010i best price – Under Rs. 12,000.

Image Gallery

Sample Images

XOLO Q1010i handset and gaming review

Full HD video sample shot using the Q1010i handset

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